Our expert says:
OK, JJ< so we're talking about what you agree is an irrational fear, over and above any rational and reasonable fear we might have. As you recognize, if it dominates your daily thinking, that's excessive, and it is interfering with your work and enjoyment of life. See a good local psychiatrist or clinical psychologist ( especially if you can find one practising CBT, Cognitive-behaviour Therapy, which is dandy for irrational thought wrestling !) As Ice says, this is related to phobias ( excessive fears) and maybe also to Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and both respond well to medicinal and psychological treatment. Then you can go back to being nornmally and wisely cautious, but not consumed by excessive fears.
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